All but one of my babies has been a winter babe. And let me tell you, I 100% prefer to bundle up a bump in the cold months than try to cool it down in the midst of a summer heat wave. Winter pregnancies are amazing for so many reasons—you can wear all the cozy sweaters, sip hot cocoa, dress up for the holidays without sweating a ton (like I have when getting fancy for friend’s summer weddings), and fall asleep snuggled into bed in the comfiest maternity pajamas. Basically, winter pregnancy outfits win time and time again when compared to the summer alternatives.
This particular cold weather season I have been relishing in adding a few pieces of maternity winter wear. Some are a definite need (like a maternity winter coat!) and some are mere wants. I mean, if I’m being completely honest, I want this baby bump to look fabulous at my husband’s work Christmas party when I am well into my third trimester.
If you have winter pregnancy outfits on your shopping list, let Truly Mama’s guide of cold weather worthy options be your guide!
Whether the snow falls for a few days or months on end, get ready for winter snow flurries with these warm and waterproof snow gear pieces.
Turn your regular snow coat into a maternity or babywearing snow coat with this amazing jacket extender. It claims (and reviews confirm) that it works with almost any coat. It’s a brilliant, versatile winter maternity option that can easily be shared among friends when you do not need it anymore, thanks to its one-size-fits-all extender.
It seems as though true base layers are lacking in the maternity realm. So, your options are to size up in a merino wool set (like this top and bottom from Smartwool) or mix and match the next best thing with something like the fleece leggings from Motherhood Maternity.
This long john set can act as layering pieces in the cold or a comfy at-home loungewear duo. Best of all, it has peekaboo nursing slots for easy breastfeeding or pumping after your baby arrives.
These pants are not technically maternity, but they do offer the flexibility of an elastic waist. Plus, the waterproof component is essential when spending a longer amount of time in the wet winter weather. Most experts say to just layer your warmest maternity leggings under your next size up of waterproof pants. So, for this pair, consider ordering a few sizes to try on at home (most are free shipping and returns) to find your best fit in one fell swoop.
Once again, these are not maternity, but they do have a wide band and elastic waist which makes them a decent option. Thanks to the FlashDry™ technology of the Aphrodite 2.0 Pants, layered with a warm base piece these will serve you well through the cold snaps that winter tends to bring.
I’ll be the first to admit that I do not dress up often right now. I work from home and my calendar is full of more park play dates than girl’s nights out. But, when I do want to pull myself together and flex my fashion sense, these pieces are high on my list of fabulous pregnancy styles.
Available in four cozy colors and an option hood if you prefer that style, this sherpa sweatshirt will pair well with your favorite maternity jeans (1822 Denim is amazing!) and ankle boots. It’s perfect for running errands and fitting into the current sherpa trend.
Ingrid & Isabel has never led me astray when it comes to quality maternity options; and their lineup of winter sweaters does not disappoint. The fit on this cowl neck maternity sweater will easily transition to postpartum and possibly become a winter staple regardless of pregnancy status with a slouchy tunic fit.
This vest will surely dress up all your favorite solid tees—perfect for a date night or evening baby shower celebrating your little one with your closest friends.
Skip the sweater and jeans combo and try out a classic sweater dress. Pair with warm knee-high socks and tall boots and you’ll barely feel a chill.
Does anything say winter like cable knit? Made from a super soft acrylic this maternity sweater will be a timeless statement piece atop your favorite maternity leggings or jeans. Plus, the available colors—snowy winter cream in one style or a warm caramel—are absolutely dreamy.
Get ready to party! Whether you are dressing up for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, these pieces will dress your bump in beauty and grace as you celebrate the season.
I would pick burgundy in this fabulous lace number for the holidays, but there are literally 26 different colors to choose from. You could even style this dress in maternity photos! Imagine it with a fur stole with a snowy-scape in the background…
I can’t get over how gorgeous the Pinewood color is in this stunning dress. Those sleeves are such a statement, all you need to add is a pair of earrings and neutral shoes.
If you want a dress that says “winter wonderland” and not “Santa Claus after cookies and milk,” this is the one for you. The empire waist and blue floral hues are near perfection.
Skip the dress and add some heels or sparkly flats to these chic skinnies. A classy sweater or fancy blouse will pair beautifully for any and all holiday events.
As I confessed, loungewear is really my pregnancy jam. I know this category well and very much appreciate the cozy offerings of maternity clothes that embrace comfort.
Green, rose pink, and soft pink are just the prettiest hues for winter lounging and this “wool-kissed knit” offers side slits for an extra comfortable fit. Pull out your baby book in front of the fireplace and get those pregnancy pages done in this winter perfect piece.
From pregnancy to those priceless nighttime nursing sessions, snuggle your baby (first inside your belly and then in your arms) while wearing this luxurious pajamas set.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear for winter maternity pictures?
First and foremost, the rule with maternity photos is to wear what you feel comfortable in … no matter the season! If you want to bare it all in an indoor session with a heater blasting from the corner – do it! If you want to bundle up in a fancy dress with fur cape – be my guest! Or, if you want a cozy home session in maternity leggings and a shawl cardigan whimsically looking out the window with a mug of raspberry leaf tea in your hands and a soon-to-be full cradle blurred in the background – embrace that look! Whatever you choose, just schedule the session and take the photos. You will not regret capturing this magical time.
Can tight pants hurt the baby?
Tight pants will not hurt your baby; thankfully they are cushioned and protected well within our bodies. But, tight pants can definitely be uncomfortable to live life in. As your body grows and expands to house your little one, do not feel pressured to stay in a certain size of clothing. More often than not, I ebb between THREE sizes of maternity clothes throughout my pregnancies. When pants get too tight, move on to something more comfortable and better fitting.
Can you go in the snow while pregnant?
Yes! And you should! Not only is getting out into the fresh air a benefit to your mental health, exercising – no matter how brief – is a good course of action throughout all of pregnancy as long as your healthcare provider approves. Just like when you are not pregnant, layer up well when going into the snow and once you are inside, strip off any wet clothes and properly warm up with a warm drink or bath and dry clothes.
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